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The Maverick Lion Has Passed

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

May you have ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’.

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A Softening With Rigidness


(Beginning image of Time Magazine Cover)

The last week was a very different week. For some, they felt the man in the White House betrayed many of the values the country stood for. While others stated that it was time we spoke with those we have not for decades.

As a result, the Gallup Poll for the week ending July 22, 2018, was as follows:

Presidential Percent Approval Rating: 42%
Presidential Percent Disapproval Rating: 54%

In many circles, pundits say the President’s support is softening, mainly due to the change in the Independent voter’s point of view.

However, for those who believe this is hurting his base support group, here are actual comments posted on Facebook during his speech at the VFW Conference in Kansas City, July 24, 2018:

‘He is bringing corporations back.’
‘Where’s Hillary?’
‘Haters need to shut up.’
‘Praise God who has given us a great President.’
‘Amen.’ (referring to above comment)
‘Democrats act lis a terrorist organization.’
‘ICE is not going anywhere.’
‘Yes. God gave us this man.’
‘We are here to stay and protect the laws.’
‘Yes. God is leading.’
‘Most people in this country aren’t true Americans.’
‘Build the wall!!’
‘And she did it legally!!!’
‘Canadians need to worry about a wall.’
‘You don’t break into my home and set the rules.’
‘We owe illegals nothing.’
‘So kind to our Veterans.’
‘Civil laws!’
‘No not brainwashed. Proud of my President.’
‘Always support our veterans and thx to a President who acknowledges them.’
‘ICE ICE Baby. Build the WALL.’
‘I love it. Wow.’
‘They didn’t use children to sneak in with.’
‘Love my President.’
‘National Treasure. Thank you.’
‘Shut up fakers. If you don’t like it, walk away.’
‘Those are Hillary’s voters.’
‘Just ignore the ugly remarks by the Fake News.’
‘I’m glad my kid has a president that is going What trump does. He’s crass and bullish, but honestly it takes someone that’s a bit of a bully to do what he is doing. Ill take a little crass in trade for what he is doing for the economy and the rest of the country.’
‘Traitors should leave.’
‘God Bless You, Mr. President.’

And all of this was after the following:

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Dropping…To Let Or Make (something) Fall Vertically.


The Presidential Approval Rating according to Gallup for the week of June 18-24, 2018 was 41%, a drop of 4% from the week before. The biggest drop came from the Republicans who dropped 3% from 90% to 87%. Democrats approval of the President reached a new low of 5%. Independents dropped 4% from 42% to 38% this week. As a whole, the country disapproves of the President of the United States by 55%.

Historically, for Presidents during this week from 1938-present the average approval rating was 53%.

Other elected President’s approval rating in June of second year were as follows:
Barack Obama 46 Jun 2010
George W. Bush 73 Jun 2002
Bill Clinton 46 Jun 1994
George H.W.Bush 68 Jun 1990
Ronald Reagan 45 Jun 1982
Jimmy Carter 43 Jun 1978
Richard Nixon 55 Jun 1970
John Kennedy 70 Jun 1962
Dwight Eisenhower 62 Jun 1954

With an unemployment rate of 3.8% (June), everyone in the administration, despite the public approval rating dropping, could feel good if it’s true that voters pick presidents based on the health of their wallets. However, while the unemployment rate is lower, the vast majority of Americans are making less and working more than they previously did prior to the Great Recession.

According to William Saletan writing in Slate (062718), ‘President Trump’s approval numbers are soft. They’re not just low in comparison to other presidents at this stage. They also disguise misgivings among his approvers. Trump’s base is weaker than it looks. Second, he’s a drag on his party. He makes the Republican disadvantage on the congressional ballot much worse.

In a Suffolk University/USA Today poll taken from June 13 to 18, Trump’s approval rating among registered voters stands at 43 percent. His disapproval rating is 51 percent. His favorable rating is about the same: 40 percent favorable, 52 percent unfavorable. These are bad numbers for a recently elected president, particularly in a good economy. Even so, they mask the gravity of his party’s predicament.

On the poll’s congressional ballot question—“Which party’s candidate are you more likely to vote for in your congressional district?”—the GOP trails by just six points, 45% to 39%. But when the question is framed around Trump—“Do you want to elect a Congress that mostly cooperates with President Trump, or one that mostly stands up to President Trump?”—the gap more than triples. Fifty-five percent of voters choose a Congress that stands up to Trump. Only 34% choose a Congress that cooperates with Trump. A six-point deficit becomes a 21-point deficit.

In a YouGov/Economist survey conducted from June 17 to 19, Trump has an approval rating of 41 percent and a disapproval rating of 48%. That seven-point deficit mirrors the GOP’s deficit in the poll’s congressional ballot. If the election were held today, 44% of respondents say they’d vote Democratic, while 37% say they’d vote Republican.’

Salatan goes further, ‘When the question is reframed around Trump, the gap doubles. The YouGov questionnaire asks respondents whether they want this year’s congressional candidates to be “more or less like Donald Trump.” Forty-six percent say they want candidates less like Trump. Only 32 percent say they want candidates more like him. That’s well below his 41 percent approval rating.

Trump blames Democrats for obstructing legislation, but Americans aren’t buying it. In the YouGov poll, a 41 percent plurality says Congress has accomplished less than usual (only 8% say Congress has accomplished more than usual), and these disappointed respondents blame congressional Republicans rather than Democrats, 45% to 19%.

In a Quinnipiac poll conducted from June 14 to 17, Trump’s job rating stands at 42% approval and 52% disapproval. But when voters are asked whether they’re “proud to have Donald Trump as president” or “embarrassed to have Donald Trump as president,” only 31% say they’re proud. That’s 11 points below his approval rating. By contrast, 49% of voters—nearly all of those who disapprove of the president—say he’s embarrassing.

The Quinnipiac survey asks voters whether they’d prefer to see Republicans or Democrats win control of the House and Senate. Democrats lead by small margins: 49% to 44% in the Senate, and 49% to 43% in the House. But when the same respondents are asked to choose candidates based on affiliation with Trump, the gap balloons. The survey asks whether you’d be more or less likely to vote for a House or Senate candidate who “strongly embraces President Trump and his policies.” Forty-three percent say they’d be less likely; only 29 percent say they’d be more likely. That 14-point spread is more than twice the size of the GOP’s deficit when Trump isn’t mentioned.

Jamelle Bouid wrote in Slate (062518), ‘On the issues, Trump remains at a distinct disadvantage. Most Americans prefer Democrats on health care and taxes, as majorities oppose Obamacare repeal and the Republican tax law. While White House officials see immigration as a wedge issue for Trump, most Americans reject his approach to the border. Seventy-five (75%) percent say immigration is a “good thing” and just 29% say immigration to the United States should be decreased. Two-thirds of Americans opposed his child-separation policy.’

Bouid also noted, ‘Most Republicans support the president but fewer people are calling themselves Republicans.’

Salatan notes, ‘Three Marist/NBC polls, taken between June 17 and June 22, examine key states: Florida, Ohio, and Arizona. In each state, Trump’s job approval is net negative. And in each state, the percentage of respondents who say he deserves to be re-elected is lower still. In Arizona and Ohio, Trump’s job approval deficit is eight points. But when respondents are asked whether Trump “deserves to be re-elected” or whether it’s “time to give a new person a chance,” Ohioans choose a new person by a 25-point margin, and Arizonans choose a new person by a 26-point margin. In Florida, Trump’s job approval deficit is only three points, but his “deserves to be re-elected” deficit is 20 points.’

In conclusion, Salatan writes, ‘The state polls, like the national polls, expose Trump as an albatross. Marist asks voters in all three states about their “preference for the outcome of this November’s congressional elections.” In each state, by a margin of 3 to 4 points, voters say they prefer “a Congress controlled by Democrats” to “a Congress controlled by Republicans.” But when the question is reformulated as a referendum on Trump, the gap widens. The surveys ask: “Will your vote for Congress in November 2018 be a vote to send a message that we need more Democrats to be a check and balance to Donald Trump [or] more Republicans who will help Donald Trump pass his agenda?” In Ohio and Arizona, voters choose Democrats by a 16-point margin. In Florida, they choose Democrats by a nine-point margin.

These surveys bode ill for Trump and the GOP. They suggest that his base is well below his approval rating, that many of his nominal supporters can be picked off, and that the more he makes himself the focus of the midterms—which he works to do, congenitally, every day—the more he hurts his party. He turns a narrow popular-vote deficit into a landslide. Maybe these polls are misleading, as early polls were in 2016. Or maybe voters have had time to see what kind of president he is, and they don’t like it.’

Today, more fuel to the fire will be added as the Supreme Court member will retire at the end of the month and a new one will be put up for Advise & Consent of the Senate. There is every indication that the President will use this to drum up his support within his circle of influence. There is every indication that the opposition will use it to drum up their support against him.

It is going to be a very interesting Summer and Fall.

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Last 24 Hours In Politics

⦿ Attorney General Jeff Sessions says comparing separating children from their parents at the border to Nazi Germany is an “exaggeration”

⦿ Hundreds of members of AG Jeff Sessions’ church have filed formal church law charges against the attorney general, accuse him of child abuse for the Trump administration’s border policies

⦿ “Since last year, child smugglers, who are very sophisticated, have learned the loopholes in this horrible rotten system, that the Democrats have to help us fix,” @POTUS says. “We could have the Republican votes 100%, we still don’t have enough votes.”

⦿ Migrant children at the border: The revelation that more than 2,300 children were separated from adults at the U.S. border with Mexico in just five weeks quickly led to a firestorm of condemnation.

⦿ With the backlash over his zero-tolerance policy intensifying, President Trump arrived on Capitol Hill to meet with House Republicans about immigration reform.

⦿ Children are being separated from their families at the border, after many of them risked their lives to get here.

⦿ Trump admin. officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from parents at U.S.-Mexico border to at least 3 “tender age” shelters in South Texas, Associated Press says it has learned., and plan to open a 4th shelter.

⦿ Trump admin. plans to announce withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council, making good on pledge to leave a body it has long accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel, according to people familiar with the matter.

⦿ Border Patrol agents stopping undocumented immigrants

⦿ “Christians everywhere should be up in arms”: Willie Nelson speaks out on immigrant family separations at border

⦿ Trump huddles with Republicans as backlash over family separations intensifies

⦿ Fed hikes push saving account rates to 5-year highs

⦿ Protesters crash DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s dinner at a Washington, D.C. restaurant amid furor over family separations

⦿ So far, photos that have been released from detention centers do not show any girls in them. That is raising concern about where those children are

⦿ British PM May says pictures of children “being held in what appear to be cages” are “deeply disturbing,” and the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy is “wrong” and she “doesn’t agree with it.”

⦿ GeneralElectric, an original member, will be dropped from @DowJones next week.

⦿ The number of undocumented children held in federal detention centers is growing. The Department of Health and Human Services says nearly 12,000 minors are living in its network of shelters right now.

⦿ President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale calls for Jeff Sessions’ firing

⦿ The Associated Press reports that babies and other young children separated from their parents are now being held at three “tender age” detention facilities in Texas

⦿ Senator Lankford is one of 13 Republican senators asking the Justice Department to pause the separation of families at the border while Congress works on a solution.

⦿ The European Commission approves $3.2 billion in retaliatory tariffs on US exports. The penalties on products including motorcycles and denim will go into effect Friday.

⦿ Governors withdraw National Guard troops over family separation policy

⦿ Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says “Wah wah” when told about girl with Down syndrome

⦿ Florida lawmakers denied entry at detention center for undocumented children

⦿ Trump stands firm on administration’s immigration policy, sees it as a winner

⦿ House Democrats call for an end of child separation from families at the border

⦿ White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin will depart the administration next month

⦿ Foreign Relations: Ian Bremmer describes exchange between Chancellor Merkel and Pres. Trump at #G7 summit: “He stood up, he put his hand in his pocket… and he took two Starbursts candies out, threw them on the table and said to Merkel, ‘Here, Angela. Don’t say I never give you anything.'”

⦿ President Trump tweets that he is “working on something” on immigration. Follow live updates on the crisis at the border

⦿ Lawmakers are scrambling for a way to end the controversial family separation policy. Senators from both parties are expected to meet today to come up with a plan to reunite families along the southern border.

⦿ California defends its immigration policies against Trump administration lawsuit

⦿ Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote tomorrow on legislation that keeps families together when people are prosecuted at the border

⦿ House GOP gets little direction from President Trump on immigration

⦿ “Wah Wah”: Former Trump campaign manager under fire for his reaction to the story of an immigrant child with Down Syndrome who was separated from her mother.

⦿ DHS Secretary Nielsen is heading to the White House to discuss immigration policy

⦿ Obamacare faces new life-threatening conditions as the Trump administration just moved on two separate fronts that potentially spell the Affordable Care Act’s end

⦿ Pope Francis calls family separations at the border “immoral” and “contrary to our Catholic values”

⦿ “If the [UN] Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility,” Haley says as she announces the U.S. departure of the council.

⦿ President Trump addresses immigration, expected to sign new legislation that would prevent families from being separated at the border

⦿ The Ugly Nazi History of Trump’s Chosen Verb About Immigrants … Infest.

⦿ Potus:”Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job. We’re throwing them out by the thousands, MS-13.”

⦿ POTUS: The dilemma is that if you’re weak…if you’re really, really pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart. That’s a tough dilemma.

⦿ “In many ways they’re using their children — in all ways they’re using their children as a ticket to get into the country,” @POTUS says of immigrants coming into the United States

⦿ VP Pence: We don’t want families to be separated. We don’t want children taken away from parents… let’s solve the whole problem. Let’s build a wall, close the loopholes, solve the problem for 1.8 billion people brought into this country through no fault of their own.

⦿ First lady Melania Trump has been pushing the President behind the scenes to keep families together at the border, a White House official says.

⦿ “We are signing an executive order in a little while. We’re going to keep families together, but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for, that we don’t want,” @POTUS

⦿ House Speaker Paul Ryan says that the House will aim to pass legislation that will “take action to keep families together” while also enforcing existing immigration laws

⦿ A couple moved by images of distraught children at the border set out to raise $1,500 for a legal defense effort: their campaign has raised $10 million so far

⦿ The American Medical Association says “childhood trauma” from “inhumane treatment” of children separated from their families at the border can suffer subsequent developmental brain damage

⦿ “Either didn’t see it coming or thought it could withstand it or thought it would be a political plus in the end to show the president’s tenacity on the question of border security,” @MajorCBS says on Trump administration’s reaction to public outcry.

⦿ “The combined pressure of Republican members of the House, the Senate, first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka and others led the president to essentially overrule his own immigration policy,” @MajorCBS

⦿ “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump says.

⦿ President Trump signs executive order ending family separation policy, says it’s about “keeping families together.”

⦿ BBC: President Trump signs order aiming to end immigrant family separations after global condemnation of the policy.

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America Disgraced






According to AP, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, were denied entry into a reopened Miami-area facility for children who entered the U.S. illegally and alone. The senator and congresswoman were told they would be “trespassing” if they attempted to enter the center. According to Senator Nelson’s Twitter account, the facility told him they need “two weeks notice” to allow him inside.

Wasserman Schultz confirmed the facility’s use during an event Monday. But it was unclear how long the facility, known as the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, had been open, or whether it’s housing children who came without their parents or those who’ve been separated from their parents by U.S. authorities. The 1,000-bed facility is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Department spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said in an email Monday that it had reopened as “a temporary unaccompanied alien children program facility.” He did not provide additional details. Reporters weren’t allowed onto the property. Nelson and Wasserman Schultz briefly answered questions before attempting to go inside the facility. One protester joined them outside, holding a sign showing a Nazi guard pulling a child away from woman with a Jewish star and saying, “Nazis took children away. Trump inhumane.”

Republican lawmakers from Miami-Dade County have condemned the policy of separating families crossing the border.

Senator Nelson concluded, ‘The administration’s action today to deny us access to their Homestead, Florida facility where they are holding 1,000 migrant children is against EVERYTHING that we as a country stand for. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.’

Florida’s other senator, Republican Marco Rubio, said in a tweet Tuesday, “Let’s change the law so we can hold families together while awaiting expedited hearings.”

This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, because all of the former first ladies have found this policy despicable.

Mrs Laura Bush
‘I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,’ Mrs. Bush said on Twitter as she shared her column.

Mrs Melania Trump
Said she ‘hates” to see families separated at the border.’ She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.

Mrs Rosalynn Carter
‘The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents’ care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country.’

Mrs Hillary Clinton
‘We are a better country than one that tears families apart.’

Mrs. Michelle Obama
‘Sometimes truth transcends party.’ She then retweeted Mrs Bush’s comments.

Carl Anthony, a first ladies historian and author in Los Angeles, said it’s rare but not unprecedented for a majority of all living first ladies to weigh in similarly on political and catastrophic events. Eleanor Roosevelt actually contradicted her husband on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and on European refugees during the same war.

“The fact that Mrs. Trump even issued a statement on the immigration policy is in and of itself worth raising an eyebrow or two because it’s so unusual for first ladies to voice an opinion that could suggest a departure with at least the administration, if not their husband,” Anthony said.

By Laura Bush
June 17 at 8:45 PM in the Washington Post
Laura Bush is a former first lady of the United States.

‘On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; those who have been interned have been twice as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.

People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.

Columnist Elizabeth Bruenig takes issue with the way Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using scripture to justify separating families at the border. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)
Recently, Colleen Kraft, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. She reported that while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.

Twenty-nine years ago, my mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, visited Grandma’s House, a home for children with HIV/AIDS in Washington. Back then, at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the disease was a death sentence, and most babies born with it were considered “untouchables.” During her visit, Barbara — who was the first lady at the time — picked up a fussy, dying baby named Donovan and snuggled him against her shoulder to soothe him. My mother-in-law never viewed her embrace of that fragile child as courageous. She simply saw it as the right thing to do in a world that can be arbitrary, unkind and even cruel. She, who after the death of her 3-year-old daughter knew what it was to lose a child, believed that every child is deserving of human kindness, compassion and love.

In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.’

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The Narcissist Monk’s Prayer


Loving the sound of his/her own voice, the resonation becomes complete and total absorption as they prepare for an unprepared future.

‘I now pronounce myself, me or if you prefer, I, do solemnly swear that I, being the greatest humanoid on the planet earth and beyond, I forgive myself and pardon myself because I can. This is the greatest thing one can do, meaning I can do…bigger than big…huger than huge…enormous…bigger than anyone has ever done.’

‘So help me God.’

‘I never did anything wrong.’

‘Crooked Hillary should be investigated.’

‘Amen.’

Crossing the air with both hands concludes the PolitkaOrdnance.

The assertion that a U.S. president holds an “absolute” power to pardon himself was endorsed on Sunday by Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and a current member of Trump’s legal team. In an ABC News interview, Giuliani said Trump “probably does” have the power to pardon himself, though “he has no intention” of doing so.

No president has ever pardoned themselves. But a Justice Department memorandum from 1974, written shortly before the resignation of President Richard Nixon, asserted that the president did not possess such a power. “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,” Mary Lawton, former acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, said in the memorandum.

In an article by Kevin Breuninger on CNBS web site, quoted Mark Osler, a former federal prosecutor who runs a commutations clinic at the University of St. Thomas, stating ‘the most controversial legal question is not the pardon itself, but what comes after. He can issue himself a pardon warrant.There is nothing to stop him from doing so. The question is what happens next.’

Former GOP New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that if Trump pardons himself “he’ll get impeached.” Richard Painter, former chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush, took to Twitter Monday to rebuff Trump’s claim that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself. “As Larry Tribe, Norm Eisen and I said almost a year ago Trump cannot pardon himself. The fact that he says he can pardon himself is yet more evidence that he is unfit for office. Congress must begin the process of impeachment now!” Painter tweeted. Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas told CBS News Sunday said such a move by the president would spark bipartisan “outrage.” “Look, I think that would be a terrible move. I think people would erupt. I think even thinking about trying to fire Mueller is a bad move politically,” Hurd said Sunday. “So I hope we don’t have to get to that point. And it’s hard to predict what would happen but would be, that would create outrage on both sides of the political aisle.”

For historical reference,
President George Washington pardoned, commuted, or rescinded the convictions of 16 people but never himself.
Federalist President John Adams pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 21 people but never himself.
Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 119 people but never himself.
Democratic-Republican President James Madison pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 196 people but never himself.
Democratic-Republican President James Monroe pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 419 people but never himself.
Democratic-Republican President John Quincy Adams pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 183 people but never himself.
Democratic President Andrew Jackson pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 386 people but never himself.
Democratic President Martin Van Buren pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 168 people but never himself.
Whig President William Henry Harrison was one of only two presidents who gave no pardons.
Whig President John Tyler pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 209 people but never himself.
Democratic President James K. Polk pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 268 people but never himself.
Whig President Zachary Taylor pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 38 people but never himself.
Whig President Millard Fillmore pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 170 people but never himself.
Democratic President Franklin Pierce pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 142 people but never himself.
Democratic President James Buchanan pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 150 people but never himself.
Republican President Abraham Lincoln pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 343 people but never himself.
President Andrew Johnson pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 654 people but never himself.
Republican President Ulysses S. Grant pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,332 people but never himself.
Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 893 people but never himself.
Republican President James A. Garfield was one of only two presidents who gave zero pardons but never himself.
Republican President Chester A. Arthur pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 337 people but never himself.
Democratic President Grover Cleveland pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,107 (est.) people during his two, non-consecutive term but never himself.
Republican President Benjamin Harrison pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 613 people but never himself.
Republican President William McKinley pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 918 (est.) people but never himself.
Republican President Theodore Roosevelt pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 981 (est.) people but never himself.
Republican President William Howard Taft pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 758 people but never himself.
Democratic President Woodrow Wilson pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 2,480 people but never himself.
Republican President Warren G. Harding pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 800 people but never himself.
Republican President Calvin Coolidge pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,545 people but never himself.
Republican President Herbert Hoover pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,385 people but never himself.
Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt granted 3,687 pardons in his four terms in office but never himself.
Democratic President Harry S. Truman pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 2,044 people but never himself.
Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,157 people but never himself.
Democratic President John F. Kennedy pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 575 people but never himself.
Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 1,187 people but never himself.
Republican President Richard Nixon pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 926 people but never himself.
Republican President Gerald Ford pardoned, commuted, or rescinded the convictions of 409 people, including Richard Nixon, but never himself.
Democratic President Jimmy Carter pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 566 people but never himself.
Republican President Ronald Reagan pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 406 people but never himself.
Republican President George H. W. Bush pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 77 people but never himself.
Democratic President Bill Clinton pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 459 people but never himself.
Republican President George W. Bush pardoned, commuted or rescinded the convictions of 200 people but never himself.
Democratic President Barack Obama pardoned 212 people and commuted the sentences of a further 1,715 people but never himself.

To wit: Nina Totenberg on NPR noted: ‘The president does indeed have broad, but not unlimited, pardoning power. The Constitution gives the president the power to grant pardons, quote, “for offenses against the United States except in cases of impeachment.” So he can’t pardon himself from impeachment, can’t pardon anyone from state charges.’ July 27, 2017

In conclusion, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, suggested Monday that the President should hire a new lawyer if his current one is telling him that he can pardon himself. “If I were President of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer.’ on CNN June 4, 2018

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